Dear Editor: We may need a cleaner, safer, modern jail but we really need more family supports, not less, more drug treatment, and more comprehensive mental health programs. Dirty little secret: As long as the poor, chronic addicts and the mentally ill are "the other," they will not get the same treatment and options as the middle class. A safer, pretty jail is still a cell with limited development options. People are rising up to demand real change; the tipping point for change is here.
Gov. Scott Walker has managed to make getting help a punitive and protracted process, so the system is saving money and writing human beings off.
This is not what Jesus or Buddha or my mom would do; we all deserve multiple chances to put our story together. Redemption is the story of this time and season; we should build human bridges.
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